Definitions for abyss
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a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)
A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable.
Hell; the bottomless pit; primeval chaos.
Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.
The center of an escutcheon.
Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: abyssus, Lat. Ἄβυσσος, bottomless, Gr.
Who shall tempt with wand’ring feet
The dark, unbottom’d, infinite abyss,
And, through the palpable obscure, find out
This uncouth way. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 405.
The yawning earth disclos’d th’ abyss of hell:
The weeping statues did the wars foretell,
And holy sweat from brazen idols fell. John Dryden, Virg. Georg. i.
For sepulchres themselves must crumbling fall
In time’s abyss, the common grave of all. John Dryden, Juv. Sat. x.
If, discovering how far we have clear and distinct ideas, we confine our thoughts within the contemplation of those things, that are within the reach of our understandings, and launch not out into that abyss of darkness, out of a presumption, that nothing is beyond our comprehension. John Locke.
We are here to consider what is generally understood by the great abyss, in the common explication of the deluge; and ’tis commonly interpreted either to be the sea, or subterraneous waters hid in the bowels of the earth. Thomas Burnet, Theor. Earth.
From that insatiable abyss,
Where flames devour, and serpents hiss,
Promote me to thy seat of bliss. Wentworth Dillon.
a bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit
infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth
the center of an escutcheon
Etymology: [L. abyssus a bottomless gulf, fr. Gr. bottomless; 'a priv. + depth, bottom.]
In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Abyss, or more fully, the Infinite Layers of the Abyss, is a chaotic evil-aligned plane of existence. It is one of a number of alignment-based Outer Planes that form part of the standard Dungeons & Dragons cosmology, used in the Planescape and Greyhawk campaign settings. The Abyss is also the name of one of the faith-based outer planes that form part of the Forgotten Realms cosmology. While the published 3rd-Edition source books indicate that the Abyss of the standard D&D cosmology is not the same plane as the Abyss of the Forgotten Realms cosmology, they are for all practical purposes identical.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
a-bis′, n. a bottomless gulf: a deep mass of water.—adj. Abyss′al. [Gr. abyssos, bottomless—a, without, byssos, bottom.]
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. The measureless gulf between literature and the American magazine. 2. The distance between a thinker and an editorial writer.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A deep mass of waters; in hydrography it was synonymous with gulf.
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The numerical value of abyss in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of abyss in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
When you’re up on the second level, and you look up into that dome, you lose your breath, it’s like looking down from a skyscraper, but you’re looking into the abyss. It’s really cool.
When it comes to preventing fatbergs, everyone has a role to play, yes a lot of the fat comes from food outlets but the wipes and sanitary items are far more likely to be from domestic properties. The sewers are not an abyss for household rubbish and our message to everyone is clear – please ‘Bin it – don’t block it’.
We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of (the) Basic Law to quell any unrest swiftly, the central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a dangerous road, down a dangerous abyss.
Rumour has it that, after his election, Trump declared: "Yesterday, we were on the edge of the abyss but today, we have taken a big step forward!"
Can we bear to push it into the abyss and see it smashed to pieces?
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- бездна, пропастBulgarian
- abismeCatalan, Valencian
- τάρταρα, άβυσσος, χάοςGreek
- sima, abismoSpanish
- rappio, horna, syöveri, kauheus, sydänkohta, kurimus, kuiluFinnish
- gouffre, abîme, abysse, précipiceFrench
- ôfgrûnWestern Frisian
- abysso, abysmoInterlingua
- tōrere, poka tōrere, tomoauMāori
- kloof, ravijn, afgrondDutch
- doo nihonítʼį́ʼgóó ahoodzą́Navajo, Navaho
- przepaść, otchłańPolish
- adâncime, adânc, abis, hău, prăpastieRomanian
- про́пасть, бе́здна, безднаRussian
- djup, avgrundSwedish
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